WASHINGTON–The National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee (NDECC), an organization committed to the immigrant heritage of America and comprised of representatives of more than 20 American ethnic communities, has declared its “strong opposition” to the controversial Arizona Anti-Immigrant law allowing police officers to stop and interrogate anyone they suspect is an undocumented immigrant.
NDECC issued its criticism of bills SB1070 and HB2281, signed into law in April by Governor Jan Brewer, in a resolution passed during a June 18 meeting at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, DC. We present the text of the resolution below:
Resolution Expressing Concern over Arizona’s SB1070 and HB2281
In April, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed controversial bills SB1070 and HB2281 into law.
SB1070 requires immigrants in the state of Arizona to carry registration documents at all times and authorizes state and local authorities to enforce federal civil immigration laws. HB2281 bans schools from teaching classes that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals. A supporter of SB1070 and sponsor of HB2281, State Representative Russell Pearce, has also expressed interest in introducing legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona to parents who are not legally in the U.S., thus attempting to deny them the American citizenship they are entitled to under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
These laws, and the general anti-immigrant sentiments they foster, are very dangerous for all ethnic communities. In the last few weeks, South Carolina and Minnesota introduced copy-cat versions of SB1070 with more than 10 other states set to follow suit. Although these laws have been described as a means to target criminals within the Latino communities, the impact will be much broader and have the potential to negatively affect all immigrant communities.
As immigrants and the descendants of immigrants we, the members of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee (NDECC)* declare our strong opposition to both SB 1070 and HB 2281. The enforcement of these laws will result in discrimination against certain ethnic communities, have an effect on reporting and investigation of crime in Arizona, leave minorities more vulnerable to hate crimes, and will not resolve the underlying issue of a broken immigration system. The solution is Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures designed to better control our nation’s borders.